This Is the Right Way to Wear a Wedding Ring

by Patrick Adair on January 25, 2021

In 2018, more than 2 million marriages occurred in the US.

While the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic rattled the wedding industry and many couples' wedding plans, there is nothing that can get in the way of love and commitment.

There are so many little details behind the traditions of weddings that it can be hard to keep up.

In this one, we'll talk about the right way to wear a wedding ring. Let's take a look at everything you need to know.

The Left Ring Finger

The traditional spot for your wedding ring is on your left ring finger. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring on this finger started all the way back in ancient Rome, as they believe that the vein in the left ring finger ran all the way to one's heart. They call this vein the vein of love and it signified love and romance by wearing their wedding band on this finger.

Do You Wear Your Wedding Band On Top Or Bottom?

Some people might choose to wear their wedding band alone on their left-hand ring finger. Others might choose to wear both their engagement ring and their wedding band together on the same finger. A common way to wear them is by placing them in the order that you receive them. This would mean that your engagement ring on the bottom of your finger and you would place the wedding ring on top of it.

While it is traditional to wear the wedding ring and engagement ring together in this way and in this order, there are not necessarily any set rules. Depending on the shape of the rings in their style, wearing them the other way around might be more practical. You could say that having the wedding ring on the bottom keeps it closer to the heart.

Another option is to wear your engagement ring and your wedding band on separate hands. This is not a traditional way of wearing your wedding ring, but there are plenty of good reasons someone might want to wear their rings this way. For example:

  • People with shorter fingers or those who find it uncomfortable to wear more than one ring on each finger might find this arrangement more comfortable
  • If your rings are shaped in a way that makes it so they don't sit well next to each other or if they are clashing, this can be a nice alternative way to display them
  • If both of your rings are so incredibly beautiful that they are best used without distraction, it can make sense to wear the rings on different fingers

Some people even decide that it works best for them to alternate between their engagement ring and their wedding band. In some circumstances, an individual might decide to save their more expensive ring for special occasions. Other people might just not feel particularly comfortable wearing two rings at once.

While there are a lot of wonderful reasons why it can be nice to follow tradition, you have every right to wear your wedding ring in whatever way makes sense for you. Most people who wear their engagement rings tend to stick to the tradition of wearing them on their left ring finger. However, few people will give you a hard time if you decide to break the rules a little.

Ways to Wear a Wedding Ring Creatively

If you're feeling particularly creative, or if you simply hate wearing rings on your fingers, there are a number of creative ways that you can display your wedding band.

For one, you can wear your wedding band as a necklace. This is a wonderful option if you participate in activities or work where wearing a ring could get in the way or even be dangerous. Simply find a jewelry chain that you find attractive and slide the wedding ring onto it. This way, you can display your wedding ring close to your heart in a way that works for you.

 

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The Right Way to Wear a Wedding Ring: It Depends

What is the right way to wear a wedding ring? That ultimately depends on you! There is no clear-cut "right" way to wear your ring. It's going to differ depending on who you are, where you come from, and the religious tradition you follow.

For example, in several of the countries where the dominant religion is Catholicism, it is actually common for people to wear wedding rings on their right hand rather than their left hand. In some Indian cultures, it is traditional for newlyweds to wear their wedding ring as a nose piercing.

There are many different ways to wear a wedding ring. If you are trying to decide how to wear a wedding ring, consider the different traditional and nontraditional options and see what feels right for you.

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